The Blessing is Planned

St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) has been the beneficiary of a number of bequests or planned gifts; sometimes they are gifts we know about, sometimes not. The arrival of these gifts are always a blessing. When it comes to planned giving, the blessings seem to flow for everyone involved. The giver remembers us fondly and validates the work that we do for the least of our brothers. These gifts are always helpful and often come at times when we really need them. The blessings then flow to the family as we communicate the benefits of the gift and memorialize the giver with our lasting gratitude.

How Mark and Julie Ankney Planned

“My wife and I were praying on the final distribution of our estate. We were not blessed with children of our own but felt St. Vincent’s could help other people’s children in ways we were not able to ourselves. Estate gifts to St. Vincent’s seemed the best way to help those children who often fall through the cracks.”

It is always a good idea to make and communicate your plans for your estate. This allows your wishes to be addressed both by your family and, if you choose, the non-profits you wish to support. Gifts made through an individual’s estate are critical to the work accomplished by non-profits. Here at STVCC we encourage these gifts because they help secure the future for the children and families we serve.

Here are some options for supporting STVCC through your estate plan:

  • Through your will or living trust
  • By designating STVCC as the beneficiary of retirement plan assets
  • By naming STVCC as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy


Whatever you decide, we are here to help you with your plans for bestowing blessings. If you should have any questions, or would like information on how to get started, I would welcome your call. Please know that there is no obligation. We are happy you are thinking about us!

Cindy Herfindahl, Director of Development
(517) 323-4734 Ext. 1201

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